Eight people have said to me that they think this year's base is the best one ever. I've heard the words "gorgeous" and "subtle" more times than I can count. There's been a crowd around the exhibition Hugo all day today, and it's Monday, when a lot of people have already left. One friend of mine said "Congratulations on being sort of the surprise winner at this year's Hugos." Somebody online posted that this year's base is "amazing."
The nominees got to see it before we headed downstairs for the ceremony itself, and two of them told me that they hadn't really been hoping to win until they saw what the award looked like this year.
"So how do you feel?"
"Like a just-opened bottle of champagne."